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Craig A. Boyd, Ph.D.

General Studies


Ph.D. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University
M.A. in Humanities, Western Kentucky University

Practice Areas

Moral philosophy, medieval philosophy, history of philosophy, science and religion

Research Interests

Virtue ethics, natural law ethics, science and religion, Tolkien Studies

Publications and Media Placements


  • Christian Ethics and Moral Philosophy: An Introduction to Issues and Applications, co-authored with Don Thorsen (Baker Academic, 2018).
  • Virtues and their Vices, co-edited with Kevin Timpe. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014).
  • Faith & Reason: Three Views, co-authored with Alan Padgett & Carl Raschke, ed. Steve Wilkens. (Intervarsity, 2014).
  • Visions of Agape': Problems and Possibilities in Divine and Human Love. (Ashgate, 2008).
  • A Shared Morality: A Narrative Defense of Natural Law Ethics. (Brazos, 2007).


  • "Making America Humble Again: Humility and Magnanimity as Greatness in a Post-Veridical World," in Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts: Religion and Science as Political Theology, ed. Jennifer Baldwin. (Lexington Books, 2018)
  • "Habit, Science, and the Virtue of Humility," in Habits and Virtues, eds. James van Slyke and Gregory Peterson. (Routledge, 2017).
  • "Aquinas on Sanctifying the Affections" in The Spirit, Affectivity, and the Christian Tradition, eds. Amos Long and Dale Coulter. (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2016).
  • "Pride and Humility: Tempering the Desire for Excellence," in Virtues & their Vices, eds. Kevin Timpe and Craig A. Boyd. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014).
  • "The Capital Vices as Obstacles to Godly Love," in Godly Love: Impediments and Possibilities, eds. Amos Long and Matthew Lee. (Lexington, 2012).
  • "Neuroscience, the Trolley Problem, and Moral Virtue," in Theology and the Science of Action: Virtue Ethics, Exemplarity, and Cognitive Neuroscience. (Routledge, 2012).


  • “Augustine, Aquinas, and Tolkien: Three Catholic Views on Curiositas,” Heythrop Journal. Forthcoming, 2019.
  • Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of  Master Samwise,” Christianity and Literature. Forthcoming, 2019.
  • "The Thomistic Virtue of Hope in Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle,"  In Christian Scholar's Review, Vol. 48, No. 2, (2019).
  • "Humility, Virtue Epistemology, and the New Atheism," in Theology & Science. Vol. 15, No.2 (2017). 
  • "The Causality Distinction, Kenosis, and a Middle Way: Aquinas and Polkinghorne on Divine Action," in Theology & Science. Vol. 7, No.4 (2009). 
  • "Participation Metaphysics in Aquinas' Natural Law Morality," in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol 79, No.3 (2005).

Honors and Awards

July 2003 - 2005: John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity
2004: Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, award for interdisciplinary course on “Love and Christian Ethics”
2004: John Templeton Foundation, Research Grant
1999 - 2000: Templeton Foundation Science- Religion Course Award Winner

Professional Organizations and Associations

Society of Christian Philosophers
Philosophers in Jesuit Higher Education
Wesleyan Philosophical Society